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Transnet CEO expects subdued commodity prices to weigh on recovery from Covid

By: Terence Creamer     12th August 2020 Transnet CEO Portia Derby warned on Wednesday that the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa and the rest of Africa was likely to be negatively affected by still-subdued commodity prices and the serious deterioration in public finances across the continent, which had resulted in... 

IPC approves Vickery project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th August 2020 The New South Wales Independent Planning Commission has given consent for ASX-listed Whitehaven Coal’s Vickery Extension project. The A$700-million project has been cleared to extract a maximum of 13-million tonnes a year run-of-mine coal, over a 25-year mine life, with Whitehaven allowed to... 

Wheel alignment the key to end-carriage life

End-carriages should be viewed holistically: As a key sub-assembly in any and all overhead cranes, customers should question the wisdom of attempting their own end-carriage assembly using individually sourced wheel-blocks, because wheel alignment is critical, and this is a specialised process.... 

Revitalising SA’s mining industry to kick-start economic growth

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th August 2020 By Raymond Obermeyer, Managing Director, SEW Eurodrive There is no question that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on South Africa’s already fragile economy resulting in a growing debt to GDP ratio and an estimated funding shortfall of R3.4 trillion to the fiscus over the next... 

Cimic subsidiaries clean up

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th August 2020 ASX-listed Cimic has announced a number of contract awards across the resources sector. Subsidiary UGL has been awarded more than A$200-million worth of construction and maintenance contracts, including a civil, structural, mechanical, piping, electrical, communications and instrumentation work... 

Alstom Southern Africa appoints new MD

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2020 Rail transport company Alstom has appointed Bernard Peille the new MD of Alstom Southern Africa, effective July 15.  Peille joined Alstom in 1989. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the railway industry, with particular expertise in design, industrial site development, management of rolling... 

Menar’s R250m cash-funded solar-served East Manganese project is under way 

By: Martin Creamer     7th August 2020 Initial project activities are under way at the R250-million cash-funded East Manganese project in Hotazel, Northern Cape, where the hot sun will be harvested to provide solar power to the mine’s infrastructure. The development forms part of the company’s strategy of building a manganese... 

Minergy exports first coal to South African client

By: Donna Slater     7th August 2020 Botswana-based coal miner Minergy, which owns and operates the Masama coal mine in the Mmamabula coalfield, exported its first coal by rail to South Africa on July 17. The coal was loaded onto trucks and transported 60 km to the rail siding at Tshele Hills, where the first of three trains –... 

Minerals Council says new exploration strategy could help mining recover from Covid-19 hit

By: Terence Creamer     6th August 2020 Minerals Council South Africa is calling for the urgent development of a comprehensive and competitive greenfield exploration strategy, arguing that a far higher level of exploration is required to help stimulate higher levels of mining investment and job creation and to support the country’s... 

Battle over gas project may shape Australia’s energy future

By: Bloomberg     6th August 2020 A key battle over the future of fossil fuels and climate change will soon be decided in a sleepy corner of Australia. After a decade-long struggle pitting a mix of farmers, grandmothers and activists against oil producers and local and federal governments, a panel will decide by early next month... 

Zenith sells US rare earth project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th August 2020 ASX-listed American Rare Earths has struck a share purchase agreement with fellow listed Zenith Minerals over its Laramie rare earths project, in Wyoming. Under the terms of the agreement, American Rare Earths would acquire Zenith’s wholly owned subsidiary Wyoming Rare for 2.5-million of its own... 

Exploration, cheaper inputs, solid laws and better logistics key to mining sector's growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2020 Even before Covid-19 hit South African shores, the mining industry was already in a structural decline and, without significant intervention to alter this trajectory, the sector's output, employment and economic contribution will continue to decline. Business for South Africa (B4SA) risk work... 

Weekly Coal Index Report

There is an expectation of price recovery in the market, as demand for power grows alongside the loosening of Covid-19 restrictions, and as more producers hold back supply. In Europe, coal burn is likely to remain weak through 2020 but will be offset by an even bigger contraction in supply,... 

Rio invests further in Australian skills

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd August 2020 Major Rio Tinto on Monday announced plans to invest some A$60-million in Western Australia in 2021 to support the development of critical skills for the mining industry. By 2021, the company will start recruiting over 150 people as part of its intake of graduates, apprentices, trainees and... 

New Coupling to meet LPG Tanker Standard

As per a Bulletin issued by the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGSASA) and further legislated by the Department of Employment and Labour, Cam-and-Groove type Couplings are no longer permitted for use in gas tanker applications and should be replaced with a... 

New TPT chief on navigating a business turnaround amid a pandemic

By: Terence Creamer     31st July 2020 Newly appointed Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CEO Velile Dube, who officially assumed the role on July 1, acknowledges that his first few weeks were nothing short of a “baptism of fire”. The experience proved challenging not because Dube was new to TPT, or the broader Transnet group for that... 

GAUTRAIN – Celebrating ten years of a state-of-the-art public transport rapid rail system

It has been ten successful years since rail transport in South Africa entered a new era with Bombela Concession Company’s opening of the Gautrain rapid rail project in June 2010 – ahead of the planned schedule to accommodate the Soccer World Cup hosted by South Africa. With ambitions of... 

Efficient wagon handling lowers operational costs

The safe and efficient offloading of materials from both rail wagons and road trucks improves efficiencies, lowers operating costs and protects product integrity during bulk handling, says materials handling company Specialised Container Agencies (SCA). “SCA focuses on the design of containerised... 

Manufacturer obtains welding certification

By: Halima Frost     31st July 2020 Rolling stock manufacturer Transmashholdings (TMH) Africa, which acts as the centre of excellence for narrow-gauge rolling stock within the TMH Group, announced in March that it had been awarded the ISO 3834 welding certification. The certification was awarded to the company by the Southern... 

Workshop conversion back on track

By: Halima Frost     31st July 2020 Although the conversion of railroad equipment supplier Gibela Rail Transport Consortium’s training centre into a traction motor manufacturing workshop has been delayed because of Covid-19, the project is again on track for completion by the end of the year.  The company says that the electrical... 

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